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KVNF Regional Newscast: January 31, 2024

Polls and ballot boxes close at 7 p.m. on Election Day, November 7.
Cassie Knust
Polls and ballot boxes close at 7 p.m. on Election Day, November 7.

Towns across Delta County have announced their candidates for local governing bodies in the upcoming April 2 election.

Highline Lake State Park on Colorado's Western Slope has become the first state park in our region to earn the “Leave No Trace Gold Standard Site” designation. Efforts to preserve the historic Shoshone water right in Colorado are moving ahead with a commitment of $20 million from the state. Affordable college education is on the horizon for Colorado's Western Slope as both Colorado Mesa University (CMU) and Fort Lewis College (FLC) introduce initiatives to assist low-income students. Hotchkiss-based Empowered Energy Systems is celebrating its 20th year by transitioning to a worker-owned cooperative and public benefit corporation.

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Cassie moved to Montrose from Texas in April 2020, right before COVID changed the landscape of the world as we knew it. She brought her love of people and a degree in broadcast journalism to the Western Slope, where she built a strong foundation in local print news. She’s excited to join the KVNF family and grow as a reporter. For Cassie, her job as a journalist is to empower the community through knowledge and information. When she’s not researching and reporting, Cassie loves to spend time with her cat, Jasper, and paint something new.<br/><br/>